School plan outlined for new village

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 April 2015

The planning agent's design of what the school entrance could look like. Photo courtesy of Stride Treglown.

The planning agent's design of what the school entrance could look like. Photo courtesy of Stride Treglown.

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A PRIMARY school could soon be open and ready to accommodate pupils from the new Haywood Village housing development, as work moves forward on the 900-home community.

A reserved matters planning application for the Haywood Village Primary School has been submitted to North Somerset Council, which offers clues as to what the building could look like.

The school, which will be accessible from Whitney Crescent, on the former Weston Airfield site, will provide 420 primary education places and 26 nursery places to serve the surrounding area.

A spokesman for architects Stride Treglown said: “The school has been designed to reflect its surroundings, with extensive landscaping, a light material palette of grey and blue bricks and a dining hall canopy that mimics the form of aeroplane wings.

“Within the school building itself, open plan learning spaces will be included in line with North Somerset’s education plan. The purpose is so that shared teaching spaces can be viewed from the classrooms positioned around the perimeter, allowing for flexible learning and a broad range of activities that will adapt with building use in the future.”

Provisions have also been made for different modes of transport pupils use to get to school.

The application stated: “Gates are positioned to the east and west ends of the car park to avoid pedestrian cross-overs with vehicular access to the site.

“The requirement for a school bus to access, pick-up or drop-off children undertaking school trips has also been provided for, with bus access to the west car park.”

However, some nearby residents disagree with the plan’s access proposals.

Bev Robson shared her concerns online, writing: “As a parent, I am extremely concerned about the safety aspect in the roads around my house.

“When we bought our home, we were told that Whitney Crescent would be a quiet road with only walking access through to the new school.

“I feel if the access from Whitney Crescent is approved, an extremely unsafe environment with potentially disastrous and heartbreaking consequences for our children could be created.”

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